• Orange to Start Selling iPhone in UK on Nov. 10: Report



    According to the Times Online, France Télécom's Orange subsidiary has decided it will start selling the iPhone in the UK on November 10, ending the exclusive arrangement that had been enjoyed by Telefónica's O2.

    Ever since September, when Orange announced it had won the rights to be the iPhone's second service provider in the Unied Kingdom, the exact date it would begin service has been a closely-held secret. More than 200,000 customers have reportedly pre-registered to buy the iPhone from Orange, even though the company had not announced a release date, details on the service plans or even a price for the phone itself.

    Orange has not officially announced a launch date for the iPhone, and declined to comment on the Times report.

    Vodafone Group PLC, which negotiated its own arrangement to sell the iPhone in the UK and Ireland starting next year, may have the most to lose from this announcement. Potential customers may not wish to wait several more months to buy an iPhone from Vodafone, especially if reported plans to improve on O2's spotty service in London come to fruition.

    O2 will continue to carry the iPhone, but has more recently diversified its offerings as the exclusive UK carrier for the new Palm Pre.

    image via France Télécom
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